No plan is fool-proof, including an estate plan. While a vital process for any adult in Michigan, there are mistakes in the estate planning process that can truly disrupt or paralyze a person's efforts to have his or her wishes honored after death. Several recent celebrity deaths and estate planning details have made the news as a lesson for others who wish to avoid common estate planning mistakes.
Robin Williams serves as one example. He had a trust in place for his children as a means of leaving them assets privately. However, a co-trustee died before Williams, and the trust then was made public. As a result, everyone knows what he left to whom. This was exactly opposite of the reason for the trust creation in the first place.